St. Patrick is a patron of Ireland. March 17th, the liturgical Feast of St. Patrick, almost always occurs during the Lenten fast. Think about it.
And think about the potato (Solanum tuberosum; Gaelic “práta,” anglicized to “pratie“). Successful introduction of the New World crop bolstered the Irish countryside; the crop failures of the Potato Famine sent Irishmen to America; the Irish-American secular observance of St. Patrick’s Day was exported back to Ireland. Faith and Begorrah! And you thought “Globalization’ was new.
Sure, an’ all, wee Mr. Potato Head® is a registered trademark of Hasbro, Inc., used here under the “satire” provision of the Fair Use doctrine, dontcha know. Mr. Head is a Yank “Baby Boomer,” but clean the paidrín up and he makes a proper little leprechaun.
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